In a healthy culture, the authorities would be driven by an indignant populace to seek immediate justice for the tragic death of Kalief Browder. Instead, most of the populace hasn’t even heard his name.
Sure, when you type “Kalief Browder” into Google it yields almost 1.7 million results. That sounds like a lot until you discover “Rachel Dolezal” has almost seven times that. And not to be outdone, “Caitlyn Jenner” has a whopping 60 times more.
It used to be stories of grave injustice such as Browder’s was the stuff of “60 Minutes” exposes and Pulitzer Prizes. Now they are an asterisk because we have come to prefer the freak show. Chasing stories that turn journalists into multi-media carnival barkers — and I’m implicating myself with that statement as well.
A friend of mine who works for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign sent me a text last week asking me my take on Browder’s death. I had to confess I had never even heard the name, and it’s actually my job to be informed about such things. Unfortunately, though, my attention was singularly fixated – along with most Americans – on the bearded lady on the cover of Vanity Fair. So I started doing some research on Browder, and couldn’t believe he wasn’t front-page news given the sorry state of race relations in the country.